Japan leader development: Forensics expert says evidence is weak

Japan has lost its leader development team after its new prime minister failed to get the nation’s chief forensic expert to sign off on his latest plan to reform its justice system.

Kenji Fukuda, the new prime minster, said the country needed to make progress in the investigation of the 2014 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The new leader said the next prime minister would have to appoint a chief forensic analyst to oversee the investigation.

Chief forensic analyst Nobuaki Nishimura, left, was appointed by Fukuda in February.

Reuters/Yuriko NakaoPrime Minister Nobuayoshi Kawamura has also struggled to appoint chief forensic experts.

His predecessor, Toshimitsu Matsui, appointed five forensic analysts but none was confirmed by the government, which has no statutory authority to appoint forensic experts in Japan.

The problems are compounded by a lack of judicial independence.

Fukuda’s government was elected in November with more than 60% of the vote, but the opposition demanded he resign.

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